[SydPhil] : Biennial Conference 2014 – Call for Papers

Andrew Murray APMurray at cis.catholic.edu.au
Mon Feb 24 13:27:00 AEDT 2014

The Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture will take place 4 – 5 October 2014


The theme is to be interpreted broadly and from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, history, social science, literature and the arts.  Topics that might be investigated include: scandal in/of Christianity; structures of belief and opinion; secularisation, fundamentalism and inculturation; politics in the Bible and the Bible in politics; religion in the public forum; Christian ethics in a liberal democracy; liberation and equality.

The conference specifically aims to foster interaction between scholars in the universities and scholars in theological colleges.  It also encourages young scholars.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Forrest: The Epistemology of Scandal

'How can you continue to believe in the face of scandals?'. This question is not, I submit, merely a manifestation of the ad hominem fallacy exemplified by, "How can you take Frege seriously when he was a bigot?' Nor can it be dismissed by noting that the reality of sin is a central Christian doctrine.  I argue that 'right reason' requires not merely the rational assessment of doctrines but a way of deciding which doctrines to assess. Scandal undermines the appeal to authority when assessing but not the reliance on traditions when deciding what to assess. As a consequence, scandal tends to undermine 'simple faith' and mandates the, not necessarily academic, philosophical reflection on faith.

Proposals Due: 20 June 2014

Convenors: Stephen Buckle (ACU), William Emilsen (UTC/CSU), Peter Forrest (UNE), John McDowell (Newcastle), Shane Mackinlay (CTC/MCD), Andrew Murray (CIS/SCD)

Venue: Catholic Institute of Sydney

Contact: Andrew Murray: apmurray at cis.catholic.edu.au<mailto:apmurray at cis.catholic.edu.au>

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Apologies for cross postings.

Andrew Murray SM PhD
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Catholic Institute of Sydney
Visiting Fellow, State Society and Governance in Melanesia, ANU

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